Title: Dark Desires
Author: Aja James
Genre: Paranormal, fantasy romance
Ryu Takamura is the Dark Ones’ Assassin. He has never missed his target…until now. Until her.
Ava Monroe is a talented geneticist who holds the key to the vampire race’s future…and perhaps her own as well.
Their attraction is explosive from the first. She would do anything to have him. He would sacrifice all to protect her.
But will their love triumph over seemingly impossible odds as they battle enemies new and old? Especially the demons from Ryu’s past? And deep within his heart?
Excerpt: Pa Ava’s breath froze in her lungs even as her heart pumped like a jack hammer. She stared owl-eyed and motionless into hypnotic dark brown eyes, so dark the pupils and irises were all but indistinguishable.
He held her gaze and slowly, nonchalantly pulled back his hand, leaving a trail of sparks along her skin where his fingertips grazed. A corner of his mouth tilted, whether in amusement or derision she couldn’t tell.
She did not see that hand fist so tightly on his thigh the knuckles turned white.
“Apologies,” he said. She assumed he referred to the accidental touch that set her veins on fire. “Allow me to help you.”
What? Was he going to help her relieve the dark desires that were melting her into a gelatinous mass of wantonness?
Keeping his gaze locked on hers, he gestured to the leg rest. Ava’s eyeballs were the only things that moved as they rolled to the right and down.
Before she provided a response, and perhaps it was better that he didn’t wait, because he would have waited a very long time, he elongated his torso by half standing, reached over the partition and smoothly removed the laptop bag that she had unwittingly jammed between the extended foot rest and the inner corner of her sleep capsule.
“May I?” he asked rather unnecessarily, since she hadn’t yet drawn breath or found her voice, and pressed the recline key so that her seat finally adjusted into a comfortable position.
Involuntarily, Ava heaved a contented sigh. Finally, her lungs were functioning again. Now that she had the opportunity to look him full in the face, she decided he wasn’t as irresistible as she first thought.ste third excerpt here
Review by Amber: I am going to give this novel 5 stars. It’s another great entry into the Pure/Dark one’s series. This novel brings us closer to Ryu, whom we first meet n Dark longing. He has even sent out to stop an experiment on genetics, and that includes stopping Ava As she is one of the top scientists in her field.
From the first scent of him, Ava falls deeply in lust and has a bad habit of saying what she means. The meeting is awkward but a connection has been made.
Ryu is a man whom has hidden himself behind strong walls that his comrades have not been able to breech. It takes a woman with no filter over her mouth, stubborn, insistent, and far to smart for her own good. Ryu doesn’t know what to do with her, he was supposed to eliminate her along with the rest of the team that is working on a top-secret genealogy experiment.
But as the days go
by, Ryu finds himself confronted by Aava everywhere he goes. She doesn’t make it easy on him pushing him with the crackling energy between them.
When he has to blow up the lab she is working on and gather the experiment he can’t help but tell her not to go outside. Being the woman, she is she doesn’t listen to him and instead of letting her die, he goes out of the way to save her.
Ryu may be suffering from his past, being a young man tried to be a shinobi and his own mother’s treachery. Ava becomes his angel, showing through actions and words how terrific a man he is and how much she can’t live without him.
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Author Bio and Links:
Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!
The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.
Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)
She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.
Aja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master’s degrees, one of which is in East Asian Studies.
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